2020 Flash Fiction Challenge

Visioning a Better World Beyond the Pandemic

The covid-19 pandemic, which has affected communities around the world, has proven that, when deemed necessary, the governing powers can implement massive changes to our day-to-day realities in a matter of hours.

So what could life on earth look like after this global event? What possibilities have been unleashed?

We at Systems Change Alliance are inviting you to put pen to paper, fingers to the keyboard, to envision how our societies might evolve in the months and years beyond covid-19.

In your flash fiction piece, give us a snapshot into a post-pandemic world in which a shift towards positive systems change has occurred and a new paradigm is established or unfolding.

While we know this is a challenging time and theme, we want to remain solution-focused. For this reason, we are not looking for a depressing or dystopian take on the post-pandemic reality.

We are looking for an original take on ideas that underpin the vision of Systems Change Alliance, those of economic democracy, ecological sustainability, resilient communities, equality and spiritual values.

Your story will be fresh, vivid, engaging, inspiring and convincing and will bring hope to a global population burdened by this microscopic yet colossal threat.

Challenge Details

Flash fiction word limit 1000-1250 words

1st Prize – 300 EU   |   2 Runners Up – 100 EU

The top three winning stories will be published on the Systems Change Alliance website with authors’ permission.
Entries should be in English, double-spaced.

Deadline for submissions: 1st November, 2020

Winners to be announced: 1st December, 2020

How to enter:

  1. Join our Community Forum by completing this form

  2. Post your story to the 2020 Flash Fiction Submissions thread

  3. Winners will be announced on the Community forum and posted on our website and social media

Questions? Post them in the Queries & Discussion thread and we’ll get right back to you.
Alternatively, email [email protected]

We look forward to reading your stories!

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